In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on London's public transportation system, Tony Blair, as usual, was able to show emotion with strength by using his oratorical skills to make his point: "We shall prevail; they shall not."
Then our very own GWBush made his statement. Full of "ums" and "uhs" and his usual staple of "evil" and "freedom" words thrown in. He couldn't even put his purpose at the G8 Summit into a concise, clear, impactful sentence as a means of drawing a comparison between cowardly acts of violence on innocent people and working to assist developing nations economically and socially. Whether you believe the G8 was a waste of time or not, this was GWB's opportunity to draw that distinction clearly, to perhaps convince a few people of his belief in the G8 Summit. A litany of "ums" and "uhs" and recycled platitudes from 9/11 just fell flat. Missed opportunity; but that is no surprise.
In another missed opportunity to look like a good friend to the British people and Tony Blair in particular, GWB's statement, which after two sentences about London and its people, veered off into what the US was doing to secure its own citizens on their way to work. On 9/11 did Tony Blair say, "We feel bad for you, America. Now back to us!!"? No. He at least made the effort to talk about the tragedy for Americans for longer than 60 seconds before launching into his plans to keep Britons safe. I was embarrassed. Just completely embarrassed.